Prospective Telford councillor suspended

A prospective Conservative councillor has been suspended from the party after failing to disclose a conviction for domestic violence.

Connor Furnival was expected to stand in the Nedge ward on Telford & Wrekin Council.

In February, he admitted an assault against his ex-partner.

In a statement, the Conservative party said the conviction had not been disclosed and Mr Furnival had been suspended pending an investigation.

Mr Furnival said he "deeply regretted the incident".

Following his guilty plea, he was given a community order and told to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work as well as take part in a self-improvement programme.

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Previously, the prospective councillor has been strongly supported by Lucy Allan, the Conservative parliamentary candidate in the Telford constituency. Just last Friday she Tweeted her support of him for the ward.

Mrs Allan, a long-time campaigner against domestic violence and a former trustee of charity Women's Aid, said she had not been aware of the charges.

"A conviction for domestic violence is a very serious issue and clearly someone with a conviction for domestic violence could not stand for political office in my view," she said.

However, she described Mr Furnival as a "gentle", "softly spoken" and "decent Telford working lad" and that she had "no reason to doubt" it was an isolated incident.

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